Sanborn County 4-H happenings

By Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor

Whitney Adams and Landree Zoss are super excited to show off their new necklaces they made at the Cultural Paper Bead Workshop.

Friday, Feb. 16, was a busy day of 4-H! Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, led a training for swine exhibitors titled “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals.” This is the first year for the program, which is replacing the old training “Pork Quality Assurance.” Seven Sanborn County 4-H members attended the training. Starting in 2019, all youth who are exhibiting meat-producing animals will take the training on an annual basis.

YQCA certification is designed to help prepare youth as young producers in animal agriculture industry. That’s why the program includes information on multiple species even though the member may only be raising one or two. The hope is that, by raising animals, the 4-Her sees they are part of a larger community that relies on the good faith of everyone doing their part. The training focuses on food safety, animal well-being and being a person of good character.

Nineteen youth attended the Cultural Paper Bead Workshop later that morning. Youth learned how to make paper beads and then were able to string them into their own jewelry.

The art of paper beads goes back, in England at least, as far as the Victorian age. The women of the house would gather to make beads from scraps of wallpaper that were rolled on knitting needles. They would then polish the beads with bees wax and string them on to long pieces of yarn. Attendees learned how the women and children of Haiti make beads and use the income to support themselves and their families.

This project can be shown in the Cultural Education or Visual Art 4-H project areas.

Youth were also able to take part in Consumer Decision Making and Horticulture Skillathon Contests. Critical thinking is a vital life skill for 4-Hers, and SDSU Extension is dedicated to providing those opportunities for youth.

In the CDM contest, youth are given a scenario and have to decide, for example, what laundry soap they should purchase based on the considerations of the class. They then rank those types of laundry soaps one through four. The CDM contest has classes in areas of personal finance, personal care, entertainment, nutrition and clothing. The Horticulture Skillathon tests knowledge of types of vegetables and fruits and basic plant care.

The day was rounded out by weighing in 4-H market beef animals. The Artesian Vet Clinic graciously allowed the use of their facility. New for this year – all animals (breeding and market) need to be entered into www.4honline.com by June 1 by the 4-H families.

If you are interested in joining 4-H, please contact the Sanborn Co. Extension office at 605-796-4380 or sanborn.county@sdstate.edu.

…See another picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

The Sanborn County 4-H Shooting Sports season is well underway with over 50 shooters qualified in multiple disciplines for the State 4-H Shoot to be held in Pierre at the end of April.

Shooters can participate and compete in air pistol, air rifle, BB gun and archery.  Practice is held every Sunday from 2-6 p.m. for guns and archery and on Tuesday night from 6-9 p.m. for guns. There is also an option for 22 rifle.

If your child is interested in joining shooting sports, please contact Paula Linke at plinke@santel.net or 605-796-4558.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on Feb. 19 at the Community Center in Woonsocket. Prior to the meeting, the club had pizza for supper.

The meeting was called to order by President Nathan Linke at 5:30 p.m. The flag pledge was led by Blake Larson, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Dilyn Brooks. Roll call was led by Emily Ohlrogge with the question, “What is your favorite season?” which was answered by 24 members.

The secretary’s report was read by Spens Schlicht and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Acaiya Schultz and approved as presented.

A report was given by Hope Baysinger about attending the YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) training workshop, and Emily gave a report on the Bead workshop. Dilyn gave a report on Shooting Sports, and Lane Burkel and Shiloh Senska gave a report on the bowling trip. Danielle Brooks gave a report on the Consumer Decision Making event.

For old business, members talked about the eight new tables purchased and donated to the Community Center with the Woonsocket American Legion. Fruit orders are due next week, and every family should sell at least five boxes. The club needs to finalize plans to go to Air Madness.

Under new business, the group discussed community service projects and the animal project changes. Leader Paula Linke talked about some possible photography changes. Barrel setting over Memorial Day weekend was also planned.

Following the meeting, the club completed a number of activities. They signed thank you cards for their sponsors. They completed a Horticulture ID activity and a CDM judging activity on toys.  They made a Life Saver project to give to people who they are thankful for, and made three tie blankets that will be donated to McCrossan Boys Ranch as part of the State 4-H Youth Council Statewide Community Service project.

The club received record book pages with newspaper clippings to date, and Emily Ohlrogge presented an illustrated talk on how to prepare and mount photos to exhibit. Then, the group played a game of Vegetable Basket Upset.

March activities will include a meeting, making more tie blankets, a trip to McCrossan Boys Ranch and Air Madness and Shooting Sports.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.